One and only Topp Twins

Lynda Topp, one half of the “one-of-a-kind” Topp Twins, talks to Susan Cole of Now Toronto about the pair’s career and how they rode the wave while keeping their values intact. “It doesn’t matter what your beliefs are or your sexuality — as long as you’re honest and down to earth, New Zealanders will accept you,” Lynda says. “Our audiences were more radical when we started out, but eventually we were lucky because we could put our message across in an entertaining way. We learned how to yodel by listening to old 78rpm wind-up records. When we went to the Vancouver Folk Festival, we got to meet Patsy Montana, the first woman to sell over a million records in the US in the ‘3s with a song called I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart.” The Twins star in The Untouchable Girls screening this month at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox.


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Hamish Bennett’s Bellbird Antidote to Winter Gloom

Hamish Bennett’s Bellbird Antidote to Winter Gloom

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